Practice 2/16, Day 10, Training Camp Observations
RB Reggie Bush and FB Heath Evans sat out the afternoon session, though Bush was dressed out. The official word from the Saints is that there was nothing to report.
The rest was the same from the morning.
WR Rod Harper (left hip) was the only non-PUP player to miss practice Tuesday as the Saints went against the Patriots at New England's training facilities in suburban Boston.
The PUP players S Darren Sharper (left knee), WR Robert Meachem (toe) and LB Clint Ingram (left knee) all continued to sit out practice.
Start: 88 degrees
End: 88 degrees
The offense certainly got the better of the Patriots on this go-round, though the same could be same for the New England offense.
QB Drew Brees went 4 of 6 on two series, completing passes to RB Pierre Thomas, WR Lance Moore, TE Jeremy Shockey and WR Marques Colston. Of the completions, the pass to Shockey was the nicest. The tight end blew right by Patrick Chung on the right side for a first down on a third-and-10 scripted play.
As for the defense, Pats RB Fred Taylor had a nice run through the middle before DE Will Smith sacked QB Tom Brady, knocking the ball loose from his hands in the process. Brady then hit RB Kevin Faulk for a first down and then RB Laurence Maroney took advantage of a wide gaping hole in the Saints defensive front for a long run.
Also in red-zone work, DE Alex Brown and DE Bobby McCray each likely would have had sacks had quarterbacks been live targets.
First-and-10 @ 30: QB Drew Brees to WR Marques Colston for 5-plus yards
Second-and-5 @ 35: Brees throws away as Pats have good coverage
Third-and-5 @ 35: Brees goes long for TE David Thomas, who makes a brilliant grab between New England's Brandon Meriweather and Patrick Chung for a 39-yard gain
First-and-10 @ NE 26: Brees hits D Thomas for a 6-yard gain
Second-and-4 @ 20: Brees hits D Thomas for a 3-yard gain
Third-and-1 @ 17: Brees hits D Thomas for a 7-yard gain
First-and-goal @ 10: Brees hits RB Pierre Thomas for a 7-yard gain
Second-and-goal @ 3: Brees throws to WR Lance Moore in end zone on sideline, who makes a nice catch with New England's Darius Butler in mugging coverage. It's a 3-yard TD
First-and-10 @ 30: Brees finds Moore for a 17-yard gain to the 13
First-and-10 @ 13 (:13 seconds): Brees spikes
Second-and-10 @ 13 (:12 seconds): K Garrett Hartley missed 30-yard field goal wide right
First-and-10 @ 40: Brees goes for Colston, but the Pats' Butler knocks the pass away
Second-and-10 @ 40: Brees hits RB Lynell Hamilton for a 6-yard gain
Third-and-4 @ 34: Brees incomplete to D Thomas
Fourth-and-4 @ 34: Brees hits Moore for questionable 4-yard gain
First-and-10 @ 30: Brees spikes the ball
Second-and-10 @ 30: Brees overthrows Moore down the middle of the field
Third-and-10 @ 30: Brees is intercepted by Terrence Wheatley. Pass was intended for WR Courtney Roby, who slipped on the play
First-and-10 @ 30: Brady incomplete to TE Aaron Hernandez
Second-and-10 @ 30: Brady to WR Brandon Tate in front of Saints CB Tracy Porter for 16-yard gain
First-and-10 @ 46: Brady to WR Wes Welker for 6-yard gain
Second-and-6 @ 50: Brady incomplete to Welker with Saints S Roman Harper in coverage
Third-and-4 @ 50: Brady to Hernandez for first down
First-and-10 @ 45: Brady overthrows WR Randy Moss with CB Jabari Greer in tight coverage
Second-and-10 @ 45: Saints DE Will Smith bats down pass from Brady
Third-and-10 @ 45: Brady hits Welker on the right for a short gain, but the clock runs out.
Also... Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski hit his rushed field goal and Brady found Brandon Tate wide open for a 30-plus yard touchdown during two-minute drills.
Practice Observations: Saints, Patriots split two-minute drill